The Mallacoota Fun Run 2016

See the 2016 race results [at RaceSplitter.com]

The 2016 Mallacoota Fun Run was a huge success and a real tribute to Mallacoota’s community spirit, set against the backdrop of Betka Beach at its finest! We had around 285 participants, including 27 runners who tackled the challenging half-marathon course, and almost 70 runners who conquered the 10 kilometre course.

Approximately half the participants were locals, with the rest coming from Melbourne, Canberra, east Gippsland and the south coast of NSW – including at least three professional triathletes who compete internationally.

Feedback from a participant included “I travel overseas extensively and go in as many events as I can, both professionally organised and community events– this would have to be one of the best courses, most organized marshals and most community-spirited event I have ever been to, and we are definitely coming back next year.”

Well done to all participants, and great to see many locals among the winners of their event categories, including inspiring runs by local high school students Bryce Watts-Parker and Chiara Migotto-Brown in the half-marathon. Bailey Anderson was a stand-out in the 10km male under 18 category, while Brodie Scott won her 10km female under 18 category. Rasselas Blomer and Tahlia Morris won their under 13, 5km categories, and congratulations Tara Hicks in the 5km female 18-39 category. George Dick again ran an impressive race to finish first in his 10km 60 and over category. Well done to all those who recorded personal best times.

Many of the primary school children stepped up their performance this year and entered the 5km category, what an amazing achievement to cross the line and still be smiling at the end! If you were in a timed category and would like to see your time, go to http://www.racesplitter.com/races/16923B37A and at the top right is a drop down menu you can filter results to your age group and event category. The fastest 5km time was achieved by Jake Pike in a time of 24:41, while the first 10km runner to finish was Ryan Cross in a time of 00:38:15; and the first half-marathon runner over the line was Reece Edwards in a time of 01:16:07. Amazing efforts!

Thank you to organisations and services (particularly those who are volunteers) that donated their time, goods or services in setting up, running the event or raising funds to support the kindergarten including Mallacoota Ambulance, SES, CFA, Police, Red Cross, Lions Club, Parks Vic, East Gippsland Shire Council local crew Nick, Matt and Jarod; East Gippsland Water head office for the water bottles and the local crew for set up; thanks to the P-12 College, Arts Council, Bendigo Bank and the Angling Club for the marquees and gear; thanks to Frank McShane, Ryan Cross and the Riviera Triathlon Club members for the finish line arch and timing clock; thanks to Lisa Broome and all the musicians leading the kids drumming; the Squeaky Wheels band for creating great music and vibes for everyone to listen to on the grass at Betka; thanks to Pete Embleton and Stephanie Mew for the great coffee; Georgina Davies for the ever-popular massage; Vanessa Janss for her photography; Lions on the BBQ and kinder parents, plus other volunteers on the food stall and the baking team; all who assisted on the day; and a special thanks to Jesse Nation from Parks Vic, Nick Dunbar from East Gippsland Shire Council and to Don Ashby for being central in setting up the event.

Thank you to all our sponsors: Mallacoota IGA, Wild Rye’s Baking Co, Surf Shack, Mallacoota Real Estate, Mallacoota Hotel Motel, Mallacoota Food Works, Mallacoota Alliance Pharmacy, Mallacoota Caltex, Mallacoota Post Office, Eden Killer Whale Museum, Merimbula RSL, Mandeni Family Fun Park, Dahlsens, Blay Builders, Mogo Zoo, Mallacoota Bendigo Bank, Swan Plumbing, Patties Pies, Athletes Foot Bairnsdale, Eden Motor Group, Sapphire Aquatic Centre, Mallacoota District Health and Support Services, Sugarkane Day Spa, Oaklands Café Pambula, Mallacoota Newsagency, Café 54, Pickets Gift Shop, Croajingolong Café, Mallacoota Community Op Shop, Gypsy Point Ratepayers Association, Strange Fruit – Mallacoota Golf Club, Genoa Boarding Kennels, Inlet Auto, Magic Mountain, Creative Design, Gypsy Point Lodge, Silver Bream Motel, A’Wangralea Caravan Park, South East Australia Web Services, Murunna Cottages Bermagui Country Club, Mallacoota Medical Centre, Bunnings, Paynesville Dental, Gillian and Ryan Dwyer, Aerostructures, Eight Mates Freight.

And congratulations to the the fun run raffle winners – Sue Cockburn won first prize (four nights at Murunna Cottages in Bermagui), Steve Underwood of Brighton East won a weekend away at Phillip Island, and Amy A from Stratford won the Mogo Zoo family pass

The kindergarten families are very proud to assist with the organisation and hosting of the fun run for the wider community, and we are so lucky to have the support of those around us. We are very fortunate that Mallacoota is a place where organisations and individuals jump in when needed to help make things happen, particularly to assist the kindergarten raise much needed funds. An amazing profit of around $14,000 was raised. This year with such a small group of kindergarten kids we had a daunting $18,000 shortfall we needed to make-up, so how amazing to be much closer to our fundraising goals! So a sincere and heartfelt thanks to all involved, and look out for the 2017 event!